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ShelterBox Responding to Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ShelterBox is responding to Super Typhoon Rai which made landfall on Dec. 16th, killing at least 375 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. ShelterBox is preparing emergency shelter, solar lights, water purification units, and other essential items to support communities devastated by the disaster. Known locally as Odette, the super typhoon is the strongest storm to hit the country this year. Thanks to the organization’s local warehouse and pre-positioned emergency shelter aid in Cebu, ShelterBox is uniquely positioned to respond to widespread disaster related displacement in the Philippines.

With gusts of up to 150 mph, the typhoon was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane and one of the most severe storms in the world this year. The storm has displaced more than 631,000 people and affected areas where many live in extreme poverty. Initial reports suggest 55,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed. The deadly and severe winds knocked down trees and walls and caused flash flooding and landslides. Some central provinces have been left without power, food, water or means of communication. Fuel shortages and COVID-19 travel restrictions will make relief efforts more challenging.

Many displaced by the …

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